During the Wednesday after practice Panthers presser Cam Newton was askedwhy he thought he had become a lightning rod for criticism. Newton wasted no time throwing down the race card.
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Moments after Cam Newton played the race card, Coach Rivera was trying to walk it back: "I don't think Cam wants to be seen as a great African American quarterback, he wants to be seen as a great quarterback"
Cedar's Take: Cam Newton is a super talented and amazingly physical player.
But Newton isn't the role model the Panthers think he is.
Little by little Newton has painted himself into a very unattractive corner. Grabbing the Green Bay banner, the Jamis Winston jersey and tossing a Seahawks 12th man flag to the ground doesn't add up to much.
The dab or Superman routine, taunting opposing players or coming to blows with fellow teammates. None of it adds up to any big issue.
Taking selfies and staging team photos on the sidelines as the clock winds down. Who doesn't want picture memories to share with their family?
Even add the unwed mother/dancer billed as "long time girlfriend" or his scripted "charity" soup kitchen or Dick's Christmas events. No big deal.
Rocking back and forth hands tucked into his shoulder pads wearing his hoodie as the national anthem plays. Well some people just don't know better.
Chilling at Club Label after last Sunday's game with his boys like he was single and on the prowl. No matter.
Stiffing service staff in an uptown restaurant, blame it on management for not adding an automatic 20% gratuity.
On stage with P Diddy at the Light Factory moments before shots are fired into the crowd. Could happen to anyone.
Riding a hover board down a Tryon Street sidewalk with yelling at pedestrians to get out of the way. He was just having fun!
Even having +550k twitter followers but following only 75 and tweeting about once a month. Understandable he's busy, and doesn't have time for pointless fan interaction.
But, the sum of all these items is that Cam Newton is an arrogant prick.
It doesn't matter if he's Black, White, Green, Yellow or Rainbow color he's a jerk.
Cam Newton is a great quarterback. No one is concerned about his blackness, we are football fans and that's bigger than his color, except to him of course.
But it doesn't take much to turn "is" into "was". A wrong move on a wet field, a career ending injury and its game over.
I hope Newton brings to Charlotte the famed Lombardi trophy, because Peyton Manning fans will still be there on Monday morning, but Cam Newton fans have only touch downs and first downs to hold on to.
My advice to Newton remains "All Glory Is Fleeting"